By RBKD President
I was there before daybreak and an elderly came up to me after spotting me with video cameras, sharing that “this place is nicer at 9pm “.
Aunties & uncles (aka strangers) approached us to chit-chat when they learned that we were Rui En’s fans. (It was super shiok when they praised Rui En )
NParks’ staff treated us like guests & assisted us on several occasions. And they came up to me twice to express their thanks when we helped them in crowd control.
But it was the rain that made everything sweeter.
Boards before self. That’s RBKD for you.
And even when the rain was pouring, we were looking out for each other. Sheltering each other while someone puts on a poncho or when someone was hiding under jacket etc.
To the selected fans who attended the event with us today, I hope you had a teaser experience of what being a RBKD member is like.
Despite my evacuation calls, members kept coming back whenever the rain “lied” about subsiding, just because some of us were still there guarding.
When the rain washed away our bags, and when our tripod toppled, strangers picked them up on our behalf.
And I saw my members offering our extra ponchos to the crowd-goers around us, and picking up rubbish that weren’t from us. The crowd looked on. Some helped, some smiled. That was good enough.
And then there’s Rui En. She was so worried about our safety after seeing this pic I took.
Bonus video of the mini-flood:
This was her “另类对你好” to us, which I have been informed that she had specially chosen it for us for the past two events.
It would have been great if you got to sing your third song if not for the heavy downpour, but it was just as amazing that despite the distance, we still connected.
Thank you for thanking RBKD, “RBKD” just sound especially sweet when you are the one saying it.
And thanks for waving goodbye to us all the way until we were out of your sight.
Enjoy your National Day! 🇸🇬
The Singapore Botanic Gardens celebrates Singapore’s jubilee in a three-day carnival and a range of performances from 7 to 9 August. Visitors will be treated to concerts by local artistes and groups from 7 to 9 August.
In 1959, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was chosen as a venue for then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, to launch a series of cultural concerts with a multi-ethnic theme. Singapore’s first “People’s Variety Show”, or Aneka Ragam Ra’ayat, was held in the Gardens during the early years of nation building.
In continuing this tradition, the concert will feature favourite local acts in a multicultural extravaganza, hosted by Suhaimi Yusof and Vernetta Lopez. Local groups and artistes including 53A, Rui En, John Molina, Olivia Ong, Taufik Batisah, Shabir and Corrinne May will form the exciting line-up on 7 August from 4pm to 7pm.
Usher in 2012 with popular local artistes, Hady Mirza, Rui En and Daniel Ong at Tiong Bahru Park.
This year end party in the heartlands is organised by Tanjong Pagar GRC and Radin Mas SMC.
Admission is Free!
Date : 31 Dec 2011 9:00 pm – 01 Jan 2012 1:00 am
Source: National Parks
Behind the scenes: Rui En and her on-screen ‘colleagues’ discuss lunch at their office in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
You’ve watched this star’s on-screen adventures in a variety of exciting drama serials. Most recently, she played a hard-boiled police officer in Unriddle, and a trendy girl-about-town in A Tale of 2 Cities.
But have you ever seen Rui En climb a tree?
In her latest drama,The In-Laws, this princess of Caldecott Hill plays an NParks arborist. Her character, Jiazhen, is a girl-next-door whose passion for nature provides respite from the drama she faces at home.
Behind the scenes: High up in the branches of a tree, Rui En looks every bit like a bona-fide arborist.
As part of her preparations for her role, Rui En watched a documentary which featured NParks’ arborists. “It was quite an eye-opener, because I never knew that there were people being paid to actually take care of the trees on a daily basis,” she said. “I always took it for granted that our trees and gardens just took care of themselves!”
Rui En’s tree climbing scenes took place under the guidance and watchful eye of NParks’ real-life tree climbers. Although it was an entirely new experience, she enjoyed it: “It was easier than I thought it would be, and it was actually quite fun. I’m not scared of heights, so it was exciting.”
Rui En’s ‘body double’, Ow Siew Ngim, is a certified arborist and experienced tree climber. She was impressed by Rui En’s willingness to climb a tree for the shoot, even though the scene could also have been staged with the use of a ladder. “I thought she was quite adventurous,” commented Siew Ngim. “She’s also really cool in person – just like on TV.” Siew Ngim also shared that the down-to-earth actress had no qualms about sharing the sweaty climbing equipment.
Because she plays an environmentally-conscious character, Rui En incorporated some of her own eco-friendly habits into the drama. For instance, ‘Jiazhen’ carries the same recycled tote bag in every single episode. “The wardrobe [department] prepared a few bags for me, but I thought it might not be that realistic if Jiazhen kept changing bags. My own recyclable bag was the only thing I found suitable, and it’s probably going to have a hole in it very soon because of all the use,” she quipped.
Rui En’s co-star and on-screen love interest, Pierre Png, also filmed some scenes at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where the arborists’ offices are located. He enjoyed the location shoot’s unique setting: “The lush, green open space gave me a sense of freedom and peacefulness. Great for anyone who wants to clear their mind, anytime!” In particular, the ‘$5 Tembusu tree’ evoked fond childhood memories for both Pierre and Rui En.
So while you’re catching The In-Laws, keep your eyes peeled for the exciting scenes of Rui En tackling tree climbing. And if you’re inspired by her to do the same, why not check out a recreational tree climbing course – or even consider a career with NParks!
The In-Laws airs on Mediacorp Channel 8 from 12 April, weekdays at 9 pm.
Calling All Rui En Fans!
Here’s your chance to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes souvenir from The In-Laws!
We have two ‘wedding invitations’ used as filming props, for the wedding of Jiazhen and Jianhai. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “My Green Space – Rui En”, and tell us in 150 words or less: What do you think of Rui En’s role as an arborist?
The two most creative answers will receive one ‘wedding invitation’ each, along with other NParks souvenirs.
Source: National Parks